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Available Enduro Tours Dates 2015/2016, Cool to Warm Weather

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Quick Introduction

Our standard enduro tours are 6-day trail riding events, and we can modify them according to the preferences and riding skills of the group.

Our bikes are Kawasaki KLX 250 4-strokes with 300cc big-bore kits, and a few Honda CRM 250 2-strokes, some with 300cc kits.

Our Thai Enduro tours start and finish in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. We have several 6-day loops to choose from as every year we have over 50% repeat riders.

The usual riding format is with our lead rider in front of the bike group, and our sweep rider with tools and spares in the back.

Our Toyota 4WD truck with the spare bike and the luggage takes the main tarmac road to the destination of the day, and is only needed in the dirt if we have to retrieve a bike or a rider.

This allows us to take the bikes through single track or technical trails where the truck couldn't go.

The 1st tour day is usually a warm-up ride in the Chiang Mai area, where we come back to Chiang Mai in the evening.

There are various excellent mountain trails around Chiang Mai, and having a great riding day there gives us a pretty good idea of the enduro riding abilities of the group, and no surprises later on.

On the 2nd day we're leaving Chiang Mai for our current enduro loop of the season - with over 50% repeat riders every year we have to find new trails all the time.

For most routes we have alternative trails, and can make day-by-day decisions which trails to take as many groups have mixed riding skills and fitness levels.

To make sure everybody is having fun, the faster riders can follow our lead rider and the slower guys ride with our sweep rider, who usually is on the slowest bike carrying the heavy tools and spares.

No cancellations ever from our side - with 3 riders or less we'll include some survey riding to make it worth our time as well.

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What's Included / Prices / Booking

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Start / Finish: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Included:

Price (based on double rooms):
51,000 Thai Baht per rider
At current rate in: EUR, AUD, GBP and USD (opens new window/tab).

Single room supplement:
3,500 Thai Baht per rider
At current rate in: EUR, AUD, GBP and USD (opens new window/tab).

NOT included:

Most riders find they spend less than 75 EUR / 100 USD while on tour.

No minimum number of riders - with 4 riders or more we'll do a regular tour,
and with less riders we will include some survey / scouting riding which we can't do with a full tour.

All our tours start and finish in Chiang Mai.

You can book directly with us through email.

Once a booking has been made and the deposit has been paid, there will never be a cancellation from our side.

With 4 riders or more we do one of our regular routes, and with 3 riders or less we'll include some survey riding which we couldn't do with a larger group. In that case we may only have a lead rider, and no sweep.

We need to find new trails all the time, because every year we have over 50% repeat riders and they would like to ride at least some new trails.

To confirm the booking, we need a deposit per rider of the equivalent of 300 euro / 350 USD/AUS / 250 GBP. In case of cancellation 30 days or more before the tour we can refund the deposit minus the bank fee for the transfer.

In case of cancellation less than 30 days before the tour, no-show or bail-out from the tour we can't refund anything, as we have to book and pay hotels, support rider, mechanic, 4WD truck driver etc in advance and won't get any refunds either, plus we can't find replacement riders on short notice.

The balance of the tour price has to be paid in cash at our house before the tour starts, either in Thai baht or you can bring USD, AUD, EUR or any other common currency and we use the conversion rate of the day.

If you want to use an ATM or get a cash advance in Thai baht on your credit card, we can stop at a bank on the way to our house on the morning of the first tour day.

Please contact us by email to book directly with us.

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Detailed 6-day Enduro Tour Description

Variety: Everything from technical single track to wide forest dirt roads.

Ruts, rocks, roots, deep sand, sand-covered hardpack, fir needle carpets, log bridges. Some rivers, depending on season.

Distances: 800 - 1000 kms in 6 days, depending on route. Time-wise at least 80% dirt. We have never ever had a complaint that there wasn't enough dirt riding.

However, because there are only a few towns with good accommodation, we usually have to do 10 to 40kms of twisty tarmac mountain roads in the mornings or late afternoons between the dirt trails and the hotels.

Bikes: Kawasaki KLX300 and Honda CRM250 / 300 enduro bikes.

KLX heavily modified with:

Riding gear: We have an assortment of enduro riding gear which we make available to our riders at no extra cost.

We buy several items (especially knee and elbow protector sets, boots, gloves and goggles) every year, but also some of our riders donate their older stuff since they don't want to lug it back home.

The Thai climate is not kind to the riding gear, especially the boots which are all in various state of decay.

Between the heat and the humidity the plastic parts get all crumbly and start falling off, even just sitting in the storage room in our guest bungalow.

We can fit out about 6 riders with common sizes of gear.

Please let us know exactly what you need (especially boots and pants sizes), so we can check and get back to you.

Here is what we have:

Here is what we don't have (please bring your own):

Support Truck: Modern, reliable Toyota turbo diesel commonrail 4WD pickup truck for luggage and spares, takes the main road to the destination of the day, is needed in the dirt sections only in case of problems.

Funny, relaxed riding - no speed or time pressure. Ride your own speed (within reasonable limits...).

Plenty of joking and interesting / funny insights into daily Thai and hill tribe life.

Fantastic scenery, good accommodation. Always great food, in Pai some interesting music places.

Enduro training available. Contact us....

Some of our standard tour routes:

Chiang Mai - Mae Chaem - Mae Hong Son - Pai - Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai - Mae Chaem - Mae Sariang - Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai - Chiang Dao - Fang - Pai - Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai - Chae Son - Fang - Chiang Dao - Pai - Chiang Mai.

Please inquire by email about our current route.

Arrival in Chiang Mai, during the tour, departure:

Our "base camp" Chiang Mai is a traditional (700 years old), but also modern town of about 500,000 people with plenty to see and to do.

We recommend arriving a day before the tour and departing the day after the tour, i.e. spending two extra nights. Accommodation in Chiang Mai is not expensive and it takes the stress out of the first and last tour days.

All of the hotels in Chiang Mai can be booked online.

On the first tour day we meet everybody in the morning at 9am at their hotels in the lobby.

Normally we have a warm-up riding day in the Chiang Mai area and come back to the hotel in the evening, but on some tour routes we're leaving Chiang Mai on the first day - we will let you know before the tour.

If any riders arrive in the morning by plane, we pick them up at the airport and transfer them to our house.

We are located 12 kms north of Chiang Mai town in a small Thai village, about 30 minutes drive from most town hotels and from the airport.

Riders can try our bikes right here on our property - we have a 90 metre dirt straight and a small trials garden for practice. We are also happy to help adjusting the bikes (handlebars, levers etc).

On tour we usually have breakfast around 8am, and aim for leaving around 9am. Arrival time is usually 5pm, as it gets dark quickly after 6pm.

At some point during the tour we have to service the bikes (air filters, crash damages).

On some tour days we can meet up with the truck at lunch time, but usually the truck takes the main road straight to the hotel.

Usually have dinner together. However, some riders don't want to eat dinner (lose weight) or some groups want to split because of Western/Thai food preferences, so it's up to the group really.

If some riders have to catch an afternoon flight, they can follow the truck to our house on the main road, take a shower and our driver will take them to the airport.

With riders who stay an extra night or have a late evening flight we can do a full last day, as usual with lots of trail choices.

Australian riders with their strict Australian customs controls are welcome to use our power washer to clean their boots and other riding gear from unwanted microorganisms.....

On the last day we try to arrive at our house between 4 and 5pm, then transfer everybody into Chiang Mai town to their hotels or to the airport, and hope they take good memories with them!

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About Us / Our Other Websites

We've been exploring northern Thailand on dirt bikes (Yamaha DT175, Honda MTX125) since the early 90s, and riding with the local Thai enduro riders since the mid-90s... going on 25 years now!

At some point we decided to turn our passion into a business and grew slowly to one of the largest enduro tour operators in northern Thailand (well it's quite a small market anyway).

While most other enduro tour operators don't own anything - they just rent some bikes and a truck - we actually have our own fleet of enduro bikes (currently 11 bikes) and our own Toyota 4WD truck.

With over 50% repeat riders every year, we need good bikes, which are just not available from Chiang Mai rental companies.

We also rebuild our bikes every year.

We have a fully equipped workshop with TIG, gas and stick welders, plasma cutter, small bench lathe, hydraulic press, blasting cabinet, air compressor, drill press etc.

We do our own 2-stroke porting and crank shaft rebuilding, we TIG-weld our exhaust systems and aluminium tanks.

We also re-wire some bikes after they've been drowned in the rivers too many times and the electrics become unreliable, and rebuild our forks and shocks when necessary.

It's quite an involved business if you are serious about it.

"Thai Enduro Tours"

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Email: info@endurotours.com

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Phone/fax: 066-53-379-586

Address: 66/2 Moo 3, T. Muang Geaw, A. Mae Rim, 50180 Thailand

T.A.T. License: Tour operator license #24/0037, registered and bonded by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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